Park Hill grabs late win over Liberty
By Matt Pepper Platte County Citizen
If you would have walked into the Liberty and Park Hill football game on the campus of William Jewell midway through the fourth quarter Friday night, you wouldn't have missed very much leading up to that point. The score was 0-0 with the closest chance at a score from either team having come at the end of the third quarter when Park Hill's Neal Sampson missed a 30-yard attempt wide left. This was following two previously failed field goal attempts that resulted in a block and a poorly handled snap.
When the Trojans gained possession after a Liberty punt at the 8:13 mark in the fourth quarter, they began and finished what they had failed to do all night: mount a long-standing drive based off their familiar smash-mouth, physical style of football. But 11 plays and 64 yards later, it was Jordan Wang, the fullback turned tailback who powered through the Liberty defense for a 5-yard touchdown run to put Park hill up 7-0 with 2:07 left in the game.
Based on Liberty’s offensive production and five fumbles up to that point, you couldn’t be blamed if you counted the Blue Jays out, but as many were caught heading towards the exits, Liberty’s passing game exploded in a huge way. After receiving the kickoff, Pate Tyler’s 36-yard reception to begin the drive was followed by a 38-yard reception by Max Bamburg which all of a sudden put the Blue Jays in the red zone. Two plays later, Lucas Norton hit Tyler again for a six-yard touchdown reception that tied it up at 7-7 with just 23 seconds. Following the kick-off, Park Hill elected to run the clock out and take the game to overtime.
Liberty chose to take the ball, but failed to gain a first down in its first three plays. Instead of attempting a 36-yard field goal on fourth down, a Blue Jays pass across the middle went just out of the reach of a receivers hands to turn the ball over on downs. It didn’t take long for Park Hill to capitalize as their second play from scrimmage in overtime, tailback Jordan Wang took a handoff 19 yards for the Trojans’ game winning touchdown and a 13-7 victory. Park Hill improves to 1-0 and prepares to host Ruskin next week. Liberty falls to 0-1 on the year and next week plays at North Kansas City.
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